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The Abrons Arts Center is an Obie Award-winning performing and visual arts program. It supports the creation and presentation of innovative, multidisciplinary work. Exhibit A? The center's spring season of boundary-pushing theater, dance, and performance, including the following:
- the eighth annual American Realness festival (January 5-15)
- the 2017 OpenICE season, featuring an array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work (January 23, March 3-5)
- Dutch choreographer Jan Martens' Sweat Baby Sweat, which covers the lifetime of one man and one woman in one hour (January 27 and 28)
- a return of Richard Maxwell's acclaimed Good Samaritans, presented by New York City Players (February 8-March 4)
- Your Hair Looked Great, a series of motivational speeches and TED-style talks that asks us what defines the good life and how we define success (February 9-25)
- Real Talk / Kip Talk, a series of live talk shows about the state of contemporary performance in New York City, hosted by Kippy Winston (February 25 and April 15)
- The Terrifying, a premiere from Minor Theater, which brings horror movies to live theater and experiments with sound, darkness, silence, and suspense (March 12-April 2)
- Aynsley Vandenbroucke, who uses experimental literary devices to create a series of live, three-dimensional essays
- Mourning Becomes Electra, continuing Target Margin Theater's two-season exploration of Eugene O'Neill (April 26-May 20)
- Keen (Part 2), an exploration of that which we avoid: the contours of grief (June 1-11)
- the premiere of Raw Bacon from Poland, from 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Christina Masciotti (June 1-17)
- Dylan Crossman's dance piece Here We Are, which uses movement and an electronic soundscape to explore the concept of humanity within formalism (June 15-17)
Live arts, up close. Culturemart is the annual festival of hybrid works-in-progress coming out of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), where process is the focus. Beautifully produced, yet still in development, Culturemart provides a platform for current and often a few former resident artists to blur the boundaries between dance, theater, music, new media, puppetry, and visual art, melding these forms to support their adventurous visions. This year's program will feature 12 workshop performances spanning genres as varied as surreal object-theater, cinematic music-theater, and immersive historical theater.
At the Cabaret Voltaire — the Swiss nightclub home of the Dadaists — five important artists of the movement take the stage after being overlooked for so long: its female innovators. Deconstructing theatrical and literary conventions — meaning, syntax, and creation of language as well as the form and content of Dadaism — these fantastic artists explore what it is to be a female in society.
You are entering another dimension — a dimension of sight, sound, and laughs. Eight scenes, each based on iconic Twilight Zone episodes, include murderous children, killer dolls, and of course, a gremlin on an airplane wing. These are tales of mischief and mayhem that can only be found here…in A Fifth Dimension.
Note: Memorize and recite an opening narration from any Twilight Zone episode for a $5 ticket!
The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) nurtures the creation, production, and public presentation of stylistically, thematically, and culturally diverse new musicals to ensure the future vitality of musical theater. In 2013, NYMF received a Drama Desk Award for its efforts. This year's festival features everything from an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray to a musical about Backbeard, the hairiest pirate ever. For a full list of 2017 NYMF shows, click the link below.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
The festival consists of three weeks of 15 short plays united by a common topic: sex. Here's the lineup...
Look at Me by Serena Berman
Him-Her by John Michael Jalonen
Blood Moon by Connor Bush
Romeo's Jules by Harrison Bryan
Officially Unofficial by Hannah Vaughn
The Future of Office Sex by Sam Graber
Cereal With Milk by Natalie Lifson
The Second by Michael Long
Heavenly Bodies by Murray Brozinsky
Come Back, Burt Lancaster by Brian Rogers
The Cold Hard Truth by George Ruthauser
The Big No by Phillip Gerson
Happy Birthday, Leonard! by Walter Thinnes
The Insemination Game by Brian Scanlan
Uncomfortable Sex: The Musical by Lorin Howard, Erin Murray Quinlan, and Ed Levy
Welcome to Joyful Path, a meditational bed-and-breakfast located in the serene Mojave Desert...
Five guests check in for a peaceful and reflective getaway from the stresses of their everyday lives. But when the bed-and-breakfast's bizarre brochure gives a shout-out to a Nepalese guest killed under mysterious circumstances, a sinister conspiracy lurking underneath the surface takes shape. As suspicions mount and questions arise, the bed-and-breakfast begins to show its teeth. Can the guests keep their chakras centered, or will they be swallowed whole?
Woolgatherers is inspired by Patti Smith's artistry and performed as a reimagined multimedia concert. Traveling through various realms of time, the woolgatherers seek to understand the root of their existence and resolve the oppression of their cyclical reality. This fantasy performance piece unveils complex layers of identity, gender, displacement and loss, and belongs to a trilogy devised by Asylos. Asylos is a movement-based experimental theater company that performs around Brooklyn and Manhattan in galleries, theaters, residential spaces, and outdoors.